One month into our 2020-21 fall term, against a backdrop of meticulous reopening plans and then a September like no other, I am inspired each day by our students’ sense of spontaneity, fun and love of learning.
Though much remains uncertain, familiarity with new and continually improved protocols has been established, thanks to the care and diligence of our students, staff, faculty and parents.
As a community, it is imperative that we support each other, and that we be kind. While the pandemic represents a public health challenge, it is also something that affects us all, and so it is more important than ever that we live our school values of Sense of Community and Inclusiveness.
In her wonderful Installation 2020 address on September 26, Head Prefect Leighton Symons acknowledged the many alterations and uncertainties that have accompanied students’ return to school, and yet she struck a chord with us all as she urged everyone to adopt and share responsibility for “a forward-focused mindset.”
These are wise words. As we know, our choices, actions and behaviours impact each other in real and tangible ways. We truly are all in this together.
Our priority remains the health and safety of our students and our broader community. Our decisions and planning remain aligned with our guiding principles
, along with public health guidelines and the Ministry of Education’s Approach to Reopening Schools.
To maximize and strengthen our safety, we are using a “layered” approach to risk mitigation, with multiple, overlapping protective measures in play. Key highlights of this approach include the following:
- Decreasing the number of interactions between individuals
- Planning for flexible pivot between virtual, hybrid and on-campus learning
- Shared responsibility for familiarity with expectations and protocols that serve our communal health and wellness
While our decisions remain rooted in what we know today, we are nevertheless well positioned to deliver an exceptional learning environment in a variety of future scenarios.
I thank all of you who have reached out to let us know you are reassured by our commitment to open and transparent communication as we navigate these times together. There is certainly no playbook.
We will continue to provide our community with any updates in a timely way by email, on this website and on the Portal.